I'm considering getting off my anxiety medication, Zoloft, because I think it's affecting my concentration.
Background: I've been on Zoloft since February 2012. Before going on Zoloft, I was going through a lot of life changes (new city, horrible job, no friends) and was depressed. My anxiety from all of this was affecting me everywhere I went (I would even have trouble speaking to the cash register attendant at a grocery store because of it!) I went on Zoloft last February and noticed a drastic change in my anxiety for the better. It took off the edge immediately. Separately, I also made a lot of life changes. I moved back to my hometown, changed career fields, rebuilt relationships with friends/family, dated a few people and have become a much happier person.
Although I have changed my life situation for the MUCH better and am no longer depressed, I have stayed on Zoloft because it really takes the edge out of social situations and makes me more sociable. I enjoy the relaxation of it -- HOWEVER (this is where the problem comes in) -- my concentration is now absolutely trashed. I don't retain any information by reading. This is a problem because I'm attempting to study to go back to school! My thing is, I don't know if Zoloft and the concentration problem are correlated - has anyone else had issues with this?
I think it's worth me trying to wean myself off the Zoloft to see if it helps my concentration, but I'm nervous! I don't want to lose my "relaxation edge" (lol ). Any advice?